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    CHAPTER IX.
  --  Revival Meetings.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XI.
  --  Virginia's Experience in Miss Moore's Fireside School.

Broughton, V.W.
Twenty Year's Experience of a Missionary

- CHAPTER X. -- Sanctification.

CHAPTER X.
Sanctification.


About ten years after the beginning of Virginia's career as missionary the doctrine of sanctification began to agitate the Christian church greatly, and our missionary encouraged the agitation as her own experience, and her conception of the Bible teaching of that truth led her to see the grave need of greater consecration and loyalty to Christ's cause on the part of both ministers and laity. A fresh anointing or filling of the Holy Spirit was given Virginia to give her the needed courage, wisdom and strength to contend for this truth and endure the persecutions that were sure to follow so aggressive a movement. The leading advocates of sanctification in some sections were so radical in their views on this subject that a wave of persecution spread far and wide, in some places churches were turn asunder and new churches were formed under the name of Holiness churches. Virginia bore up bravely under her persecution and

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providentially was removed from the scene of the conflict and brought in touch with more advanced Christians, who aided her in getting a clearer idea of the Bible teaching of sanctification. Thus she was enabled to adjust much of the growing confusion in the ranks of our Bible women, who like herself desired to follow the Lord wholly and at the same time retain their membership in their respective churches. We praise God for his presence in this special time of need, and for his wonderful deliverance of our missionary from the bitter sweet persecution of all her experiences, which at one time seemed a direct aim at her earthy existence. Among those who prayed for her special mention should be made of the Woodlawn Bible women, who called a special meeting at their church to pray for their leader'. God heard their prayers and then and there assured them that they would see their sister again standing as usual in their church to tell the blessed story of Jesus and his love. Virginia could and did rejoice as one persecuted for righteousness' sake. That experience was a source of great spiritual strength, and although while passing through it to depart this life and be with Christ was far more preferable than life, she has lived to see God's power and wisdom in her deliverance and in prolonging her life on earth for further conflict. All glory and praise
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be given to the mighty God! whose might was manifestly shown in Virginia's deliverance and restoration. Many have been led into a closer walk with God, and many more have been led to see that God does call his children to a higher plane of consecrated Christian living than the nominal church member lives. God not only calls, but has promised power and assurance of victory ones temptation to all believers who love him and keep his commandments. God wills that his children represent Him on earth, in their daily lives of useful service. To do this they must have the power and wisdom from above, that God will freely give to those who ask for them. If we know how to give good gifts to our children how much more will God give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for Him. The various helpful agencies God has provided in preachers, teachers, apostles, prophets and evangelists are all sent forth to edify and perfect his people, that they may grow unto the measure of his stature of the fullness of Christ unto a perfect man, and be no longer tossed about as children by every wind of doctrine. Eph. 4:11, 12, 13.

May we all see the importance of the constant use of the appointed means of grace, the daily study of God's word, humble, faithful prayers, songs of praise and labors of love that our spiritual development may continue to be manifestly increased. In time may we

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all attain unto the perfect man in Christ Jesus, who of God, is made unto us, wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. I Cor. 1:30. Yes, in Christ Jesus all believers are sanctified, and according to their faith they become partakers of that grace that enables them to stand and testify to his power to save his people from their sins.
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    CHAPTER IX.
  --  Revival Meetings.   Table of Contents     CHAPTER XI.
  --  Virginia's Experience in Miss Moore's Fireside School.